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How Senegalese immigrant preserved the Pulaar language

How Senegalese immigrant preserved the Pulaar language

15/09/2015

We often cite examples of Africans preserving their native languages through a range of measures; so it’s great to see a news story about a Senegalese immigrant in France who helped preserve the Pulaar language. Souleymane Diamanka recalls the story of his father moving to Bordeaux in the 1970s and staying in touch with family…

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Zee World targets Africa through localization of TV content

Zee World targets Africa through localization of TV content

13/09/2015

Major news that Zee World, the bollywood television channel is going to launch a French-speaking channel for Africa by the end of the year. Yet another media business which has spotted the potential of Africa and are now investing in localized content. Ratna Siriah, Business Head at Zee World, speaking at the MultiChoice Africa Content Showcase,…

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Is there a difference between French and African French?

Is there a difference between French and African French?

11/09/2015

We do a lot of translation work with French. Many new clients that come to us for work involving French usually do so having seen poor results previously when using other translation solutions. There is a general assumption within and without the translation industry that you can use any French translator to deal with documents…

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Hotel Website Adds Nigerian Language Translation

Hotel Website Adds Nigerian Language Translation

10/09/2015

Much of the attention we give on our blog is to outsiders translating into African languages in order to gain market entry. Perhaps we don’t give enough light to businesses within African who also use language and localization to get customers. With this in mind, we were happy to see that Jovago, one of Africa’s largest…

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IT students create Hausa and Fulfude language app

IT students create Hausa and Fulfude language app

02/09/2015

An exciting mix of tech and language by students in Nigeria has resulted in a new app to help people learn the Hausa and Fulfude languages. Dr Margee Ensign of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), in Yola, spoke to an audience earlier this week and explained how the language app came about. “We have a programme…

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A BBC Film on Kenya’s Languages

A BBC Film on Kenya’s Languages

21/08/2015

We love it when a news story hits about language in Africa; and the BBC have done us proud with a fantastic little film exploring Kenya’s many languages. The BBC Pop-Up blog received a suggestion by a viewer to look at the use and number of languages in Kenya. Although English and Kiswahili are the primary…

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How Translations Impacted Ebola in Kenya

How Translations Impacted Ebola in Kenya

18/08/2015

The wonderful charity, Translators without Borders, have recently released a very interesting infographic outlining the correlation between the availability of translated information and the levels of knowledge people have – in this case, the ebola virus. Firstly, who are Translators without Borders? Translators without Borders is a charity that provides free translation services for humanitarian causes….

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USSD Translation and Localization for Africa

USSD Translation and Localization for Africa

13/08/2015

For many companies looking to connect with consumers in Africa, the mobile phone is without doubt one of the most economical, quickest and effective means of communicating and engaging with an audience. However, in Africa there are some challenges when using mobile phone marketing. For one, the “smartphone” is not widely available mainly due to…

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US Army Invests in African Language Translation Device

US Army Invests in African Language Translation Device

08/08/2015

Interesting news from the US Army that it is currently developing a  handheld translation device that can be used by soldiers in in foreign countries, starting with Africa. According to an article from army.mil, the device, named SQ.410 Translation System, currently works with nine languages. It is worn on a soldier’s chest and can be used without a…

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Is Yoruba becoming a global language?

Is Yoruba becoming a global language?

06/08/2015

OK Yoruba might not yet be a “global” language such as the likes of English, Spanish or Chinese, but an academic in the USA has (rightfully in our opinion) stated that it is definitely becoming more important. Dr. Akinloye Ojo, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia, Atlanta, USA, in a recent…

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